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1 day traditional workshop - small leather goods

Duration: 5 hours (11am-5pm)

Price: £115

Book with: Kingsley
at Kingsley Walters London

74 Commercial Street
Greater London
E1 6LY

Course Start Dates

Monday 23rd December 2019

About the Course

The 1 Day traditional leather craft workshop is the perfect introduction to making traditional leather goods as well as fashion accessories.  This workshop will provide you with the core skills to make leather products but also the foundations to then progress and continue to make leather products for your friends and family. 

This is a practical leather workshop. You will be taught how to make a range of leather goods using only traditional hand techniques. These include Card Holder, Coin Wallet, Belt, Key Lanyard, Key Chain or a Purses, from vegetable tanned leather.

With a maximum of 1- 3 students per course, everyone receives attentive tuition.

A set of tools is provided along with a range of leathers, metal fittings and other materials are available for students. Patterns and workshop notes are provided for specialist workshop and a ‘Suppliers List’ for those wishing to continue to develop their range after the workshop.  

The workshop aims to cover;

-Becoming competent at using many of the leather worker’s hand tools.

-Learning how to saddle stitch with the aid of the saddler’s clam.

-Understanding the process of preparing the leather for hand stitching.

-Gaining a thorough understanding of the qualities and sections of the leather.

-Mastering the technique of ‘preparing a thread’.

-How to work from paper pattern onto leather.

-How to maintain and care for leather.

-Develop a professional edge finishing technique.

-Fitted and secured metal hardware.

-How to maintain saddlery tools.

Running times: 11:00am – 17:00pm.

Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The workshop fees cover leather and basic materials. You are welcome to bring our own materials if you wish but please consult me prior to ensure we have the right equipment for the task. Saddlery tools are provided for students to use.


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Kingsley’s workshop is brilliant. He’s a great teacher, and I felt like I learnt a lot. Would definitely recommend.

- - #26883

I had a such a good afternoon with Kingsley! He was really thorough, patient and encouraging. I left feeling inspired to delve further into the craft of leather work as he had imparted so much information during the workshop. I would highly recommend his course and he is a lovely bloke!

- - #26835

Kingsley is an excellent craftsman but also great teacher. Calm, patient and friendly and able to answer any questions I had. I really enjoyed this course and couldn't believe what I was able to make in just one class. Thank you!

- - #26424

We loved working with Kingsley, who came down to our site to deliver a traditional workshop to a group of our young people (aged 11-15) and our staff.
Kingsley’s content was tailored beautifully to be engaging and accessible for our young participants, who found him to be hugely inspiring. The technical aspects of the course were great, it was so brilliant to use traditional techniques to craft the wallets that each participant produced. We enjoyed learning how to carefully use the tools and to have the opportunity to consider or own design and style.
We would love to have Kingsley do a workshop with us again and we are working with partners to enable this opportunity to happen on our site and others. Highly recommended!

- - #26423

Amazing workshop. Really well organised with high quality tools and leather to choose from. Kingsley passes his knowledge on in a concise and well-paced way. It was a great experience with the cherry on the top, walking away with a handmade wallet which I still use! Highly recommended.

- - #26419

Got a tote bag made for me last year, absolutely amazing. The quality of the leather is top notch. It has been a year and the bag still looks brand new. Kingsleywalterslondon have an eye for details in their work, I described what I wanted and got it and more.

- - #26417

My sister attended Kingsley’s workshop and had such good fun! Really recommended and amazing result. Kingsley is such a patient and talented teacher, bravissimo!

- - #26413

Fantastic workshop! If you are into crafts and want to try something new - it's a must! Can't recommend enough!

- - #26410

I'm completely satisfied, very good service (and products)!

- - #26409

Kingsley's workshop was of top quality. He is a first class leather crafter who answered all questions promptly. I would highly recommend attending this one day course, if you are keen on learning how to make leather products.

- - #26406

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